From the Editor: Themes & Dreams
Here in the magazine world we like to have a theme for each issue. So we reserve April to discuss real estate. It’s the time when we examine the Greenwich market for the winds of change. We explore mortgage rates, take the temperature of realtors and lenders and look at what’s selling. We ask the question that’s on everyone’s mind: How are we doing? Thankfully the answer is still: Very well, thank you.
Interestingly, though, a subtler theme has emerged this issue. It’s one of perseverance. In the case of real estate, the persevering-through-adversity theme isn’t a tough one to spot. But when you look closely at our other stories, the pattern appears.
Dr. Britton Keeshan is a literal representation of what happens when we set out to climb to new heights. The pediatric cardiologist made history at the age of twenty-two when he became the youngest person to summit the seven highest mountains in the world. He has traveled to Ethiopia and the Himalayas to care for those in need. And currently he spends his days saving children. Yup, climbs mountains and saves babies—that’s determination.
Four years ago a few local residents got the notion to bring a major celebration to town. They would call it the Greenwich Town Party. An event of its scale had never been attempted before and the logistics were enough to spin the head of even the most seasoned event planner. But with hard work, probably a little luck and, yes, a lot of determination, they pulled it off. The party has grown by leaps and bounds, and this year is poised to host 10,000 music-loving partygoers.
When Emily Wachtel set out to become Hollywood’s darling, she had little idea that the road would be so long—or bumpy. “I started with a dream. Or maybe it was a delusion,” says the very grounded writer, producer and actress. It was that delusion that would not let her give up. Eleven years after conceiving the movie Lucky Them, Emily can bask in the Hollywood spotlight. Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film met with rave reviews and was picked up for mainstream release. With delusions like hers, who needs dreams?
Now that I think of it, maybe we should call this the Delusions of Grandeur issue. Kind of has a ring to it, don’t you think?